Well, it’s that time of year again as the tempting treats make their invasion in just about everything we see and do. Those on a diet have to fix their taste buds on something else. Fortunately, for the keto dieters, there are fat bombs, chia seed pudding, and berries.
My husband and I are very strict in what we eat. I know that some keto dieters do engage in a larger selection of food choices, but when one is way over fifty, one has to be more selective. After all, our thyroid gland is not what it used to be and that’s if one can get it function at all.
For me, I’ve been taking a daily of supplement of bladderwrack. I began taking it in the middle of June, right after I retired from teaching. Bladderwrack may help to jump start one's thyroid gland. (www.iherb.com/couponcode BER298) Now, it is close to Halloween, about five months later, and I’ve lost 25 pounds. For me, it’s comfortable. I don’t want my weight loss to be dramatic. After all, it took years to gain this weight and I believe that a drastic weight loss change at my age, will cause me to look older rather than younger. So, I prefer to keep doing what I’m doing.
It saddens me not to participate this year with the Halloween festivities, such as decorating my yard and buying candy to give to the trick or treaters. It would be more difficult for me if I were still teaching in the classroom to sample the various treats that are given to the students, whether it’s from PTA, the building principals, parents, as well teachers sharing sweets that make at home.
As a child, my younger brother and I looked forward to going trick or treating. Our father had been a World War II Army Officer and a graduate from Camp X. During our childhood, my father suffered from PTSD and was receiving very little financial support, until I was in my senior year of high school. Halloween was the only time we ever got candy, except when we cashed in our coke bottles, we collected from bottle hunting.
My brother and I would plan how we would spend the two hours, being selective as to which homes we would visit. I continued this tradition up until I was sixteen years old and then my brother went on his own. No one could guess my age because I wore a sheet over my head with two holes for eyes. It was the best costume ever!
I followed the tradition of celebrating Halloween with all three of my children, as they grew up. After they left our nest (no grandchildren, yet), my husband and I made sure to decorate our yard and get plenty of candy to give out.
Well, this year we’re not doing it. We thought about giving out something other than candy. But, decided against it. After all, children want candy! It’s addicting!
The article, “Ten Reasons Why Sugar is Bad For You,” written by Kris Gunnars, list candy as being addictive and that’s one of the reasons it’s bad for everyone.
Here are the ten reasons:
1. Added Sugar Contains No Essential Nutrients and is Bad For Your Teeth
2. Added Sugar is High in Fructose, Which Can Overload Your Liver
3. Overloading The Liver With Fructose Can Cause Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
4. Sugar Can Cause Insulin Resistance, a Stepping Stone Towards Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
5. The Insulin Resistance Can Progress to Type II Diabetes
6. Sugar Can Give You Cancer
7. Due to its Effects on Hormones and the Brain, Sugar has Unique Fat-Promoting Effects
8. Because it Causes Massive Dopamine Release in The Brain, Sugar is Highly Addictive
9. Sugar is a Leading Contributor to Obesity in Both Children and Adults
10. It Ain't The Fat... It's Sugar That Raises Your Cholesterol and Gives You Heart Disease
Bio: Sharon is a retired, master teacher, after teaching for forty years. She is a recipient of a National Daily Point of Light Award from the Points of Light Foundation, among other prestigious accolades. She is the author to the Alien Bleeper Series (Science-fiction chapter book series published by www.arobookpublishing.com.